Short Essay Questions Key
1. What points to Titus Petronius as the author of "The Satyricon" other than writing style and language?
Other than the writing style and language that point to Titus Petronius as the author of "The Satyricon," economic and historical references also point to him. It is obvious that the author was a highly literate individual. Due to his place in Nero's court--Nero having strong literary ambitions--Petronius would have been viewed as a talented writer.
2. What was Petronius' title in the emperor's court and what significance was the title?
Petronius became the Arbiter of Elegance in Nero's court, which was a recognition of his sophistication and talent. Petronius apparently had great influence over Nero.
3. What about "The Satyricon" resulted in it being viewed as inferior literature in the past?
The lack of teaching a moral in "The Satyricon" resulted in it being viewed as inferior literature in the past. The explicit sex, lying and thieving also deemed it inferior at that time.
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